I hope this update finds you in a good place, enjoying family, friends and sunshine!
Summer is well underway and I’m grateful to be fully recovered from the health issues I was facing in the spring. After a forced hiatus from my usual routine, I must confess that getting back into a creative groove has not been as simple as sitting down in front of my computer to write, or grabbing my guitar to compose a new song. It’s been more a season of reflection, re-assessment and waiting. Something that’s required patience and grace to accept and embrace. A time as they say to “smell the roses”, or if you happen to be staying in Prince Edward Island in June or early July, “smell the lupins” that grow wild in fields and roadsides across this beautiful island.
Elaine coaxed me to break out my acrylic paints and capture a scene (not far from our summer residence near Cavendish) on canvas a few weeks ago. Creativity reborn with a brush!
She was looking for something to hang in a our guest room, so I guess you’d call it my first commissioned work of the summer.
Painting the lupins reminded me that the most meaningful art is often inspired by real places, people and experiences, capturing the beauty in a fleeting moment or a passing season. The lupins in PEI only last until mid-summer, but my painting will preserve the memory for Elaine and I long after these dog days of summer are gone.
Isn’t if funny how art and music can take us back in time? How they can form place cards in our hearts of the places and people we shared life with long ago? In recent years I’ve been inspired to make my musical and creative subjects the people and places closest to my heart. My last two albums, “This Is Our Time” and “My Song For You” were musical portraits of people and places close to me…those I dearly love. Now that I’m in my 60’s, chasing any kind of dream to reach a broad audience with my music or creative projects seems to me to be unlikely and frankly, exhausting!
I keep telling myself I’m semi-retired, so I should start acting like it!
I’m creating for the love of art, the love of my Creator and the love of the people and places that I’ve been blessed with. It feels really good.
What’s next? Well, I think I’ll keep the paint box and easel close by so I’m ready when visual inspiration strikes. There’s new music in my heart as well – some new song ideas that seem destined to find a way out in the months ahead. I also remain committed and excited about my work with Wonderborn Studios in the UK and their vision to share faith, hope and love with kids everywhere.
I’ll be back again in the fall. Thanks for stopping by!